Samsung releases Galaxy Note II Kernel

The Galaxy Note II has recently been released in the EU and a few other places worldwide, but Samsung has decided to give back to the development community by offering the Note II’s kernel source.

To most regular consumers, the Galaxy Note II kernel is practically of no use. But to developers and people who love running custom Android ROMs it’s widely used to ensure that a developer’s ROM can run to the best of its ability without losing core functionality and stability.

ROM projects like CyanogenMod 9 and 10, as well as the AOKP (Open Kang Project) can now be developed with the most minimal of bugs now that the kernel is out, and if you’re interested in seeing what the kernel source has to offer, the download can be found on Samsung’s open source download page.

Source: Samsung

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This isn't really that newsworthy. It is a requirement because of some licensing that all kernel code is made available. All Android manufacturers do this for all models all the time.

Ambroos said,
This isn't really that newsworthy. It is a requirement because of some licensing that all kernel code is made available. All Android manufacturers do this for all models all the time.

funny as i think the people at xda would consider this very news worthy.

Awesome, just plain awesome. I don't have any Samsung phones, but this is certainly the kind of behaviour I like to see from the various Android phone manufacturers... I love seeing what people can hack into custom Android ROMs (not to mention the huge gains in battery life you can get from undervolting the CPU/GPU sometimes, like I did with my Droid Razr).

neonspark said,
can you imagine if dell was allowed to customize windows. what a mess. that's android for you.

What? Dell loads tons of rubbish and junk on to machines when you buy them which if you are in your right mind you immediately get shot of.
Or are you just trying to troll about how bad Android is and failing?

neonspark said,
can you imagine if dell was allowed to customize windows. what a mess. that's android for you.

yet without this type of stuff happeneing my poor unsupported left for dead phone would never get updates, least now someone has developed for it it has more functionality and life left in it, so if thats the way android is i welcome it

DKAngel said,

yet without this type of stuff happeneing my poor unsupported left for dead phone would never get updates, least now someone has developed for it it has more functionality and life left in it, so if thats the way android is i welcome it

Yea, they can thank Google, in which Google can thank Linux.

I'd rather stick with something that has a truly supported API for the in-house apps instead.

NeoPogo said,
"To most regular consumers, the Galaxy Note II is practically of no use. " I concur!

Typo or trufax? You be the judge!